When Trucks Stop Running

When Trucks Stop Running : Energy and the Future of Transportation

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In lively and engaging language, this book describes our dependence on freight transport and its vulnerability to diminishing supplies and high prices of oil. Ships, trucks, and trains are the backbone of civilization, hauling the goods that fulfill our every need and desire. Their powerful, highly-efficient diesel combustion engines are exquisitely fine-tuned to burn petroleum-based diesel fuel. These engines and the fuels that fire them have been among the most transformative yet disruptive technologies on the planet. Although this transportation revolution has allowed many of us to fill our homes with global goods even a past emperor would envy, our era of abundance, and the freight transport system in particular, is predicated on the affordability and high energy density of a single fuel, oil. This book explores alternatives to this finite resource including other liquid fuels, truck and locomotive batteries and utility-scale energy storage technology, and various forms of renewable electricity to support electrified transport.
Transportation also must adapt to other challenges: Threats from climate change, financial busts, supply-chain failure, and transportation infrastructure decay. Robert Hirsch, who wrote the "Peaking of World Oil Production" report for the U.S. Department of Energy in 2005, said that planning for peak world production must start at least 10, if not 20 years ahead of time. What little planning exists focuses mainly on how to accommodate 30 percent more economic growth while averting climate change, ignoring the possibility that we are at, or near, the end of growth.
Taken for granted, the modern transportation system will not endure forever. The time is now to take a realistic and critical look at the choices ahead, and how the future of transportation may unfold.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 8.13mm | 321g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2016
  • 20 Tables, color; 14 Illustrations, color; XV, 132 p. 14 illus. in color.
  • 3319263730
  • 9783319263731
  • 1,169,272

Table of contents

Preface: Running on Empty.- When Trucks Stop Running, America Stops.- Shipping Makes the World Go Round.- Why You Should Love Trains.- Why You Should Love Trucks.- The Oiliness of Everything: Invisible Oil & Energy Payback Time.- Peak Oil and Transportation.- Distributing Drop-in Fuels: The Fastest Road to Something Else.- Post fossil fuels, if biomass is the "Answer to Everything", is there enough?.- Hydrogen, the Homeopathic Energy Crisis Remedy.- Natural Gas - A bridge fuel to Where Exactly?.- Liquefied Coal: There goes the neighborhood, the water, and the air.- Who Killed the All-Electric Car?.- Can Freight Trains be Electrified?.- All-Electric trucks with Batteries or Overhead Wires.- Overview of the Electric Grid: Herding Lightning.- The Electric Grid trembles When Wind and Solar Join the High Wire Act.- The Electric Blues: Energy Storage for Calm and Cloudy Days.- Other Truck Stoppers: Mother Nature.- U.S. Energy Policy: Oil Wars and Drill-Baby-Drill to Keep Autos Running?.- Where Are We Headed?.
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About A.J. Friedemann

A.J. Friedemann is the creator of http://energyskeptic.com/. Ms. Friedemann is perhaps best known for "Peak Soil", which David Pimentel at Cornell, Tad Patzek at U.C. Berkeley, and Walter Youngquist (author of "Geodestinies") edited.
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